Remove “Ads by OnlineBrowserAdvertising” virus

By | April 16, 2014

OnlineBrowserAdvertising ads “Ads by OnlineBrowserAdvertising” appear in your browser, for example and in our case at Google chrome, but it might also happen in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. This OnlineBrowserAdvertising ads are caused by a malicious browser extension. These malicious browser extensions use popups to promote ads thru this website. The ads with OnlineBrowserAdvertising are simply used to send web traffic to partners in order to make revenue from these ads using affiliates thru the superfish.com domain and other suspicious advertisement networks.

The malicious browser extensions that cause the OnlineBrowserAdvertising ads are made for one thing, to investigate your browsing behavior and to make revenue by advertisements. The ads will display green underlined keywords that will show pop-up advertisements and other unwanted ads in your browsers. The pop-ups may vary from legit advertisements with offers, deals or coupons to pop-ups that offer a Java or Flash Player update in order to install more adware into your computer.

Both are well known social engineering techniques to trick the computer user into installing malicious or ad-support software. Often this is where the problem persists, there is a thin line between legit, ad-support or Potentially Unwanted software.

It is advised to always read the End User License Agreements (EULA) or Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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This is free removal guide to Remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising from your computer. Follow all steps as described in this removal guide to remove OnlineBrowserAdvertising ads and all additional adware that may have been installed on your computer. All the software that is offered in this removal guide is free and known to clean and optimize your computer.

Step 1 – Uninstall Malicious software from your computer

Step 2 – Remove the Malicious Extension from your browser

Step 3 – Remove Malicious Ads using AdwCleaner

Step 4 – Remove related Advertisement files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Step 5 – Optional: Reset browser settings


Remove Malicious software from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

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Search for Freeven Pro 1.2, MediaPlayerPlus, Feven, Freeven and click the Uninstall button

* Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust.
If you want to easily find recent installed software, sort by “Installed On” and remove any recent software.

When you can’t find it, continue to the next step.


Remove Malicious Software from Windows 8

Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

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Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

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Search for Freeven Pro 1.2, MediaPlayerPlus, Feven, Freeven and click the Uninstall button

Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust.
If you want to easily find recent installed software, sort by “Installed On” and remove any recent software.

When you can’t find it, continue to the next step.

Goto the next step.


Remove the Malicious Extension from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “Geargear_icon_internet explorer icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage Addons
  4. Goto tab Toolbars and Extensions
  5. Select Freeven, MediaPlayerPlus
    when you can’t find the Browser Helper Object. Goto the next step.
  6. Click Disable button

Optional: To clean Internet Explorer from any Browser Helper Object it is possible to restore Internet Explorer to default settings. If you would like to restore Internet Explorer to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. type in the address bar: http://chrome:extensions or (Goto the 3 stripes in the top right corner, select Settings and on the left side: Extensions)
  3. Remove Freeven, MediaPlayerPlus extension by clicking the trash can trash_can_icon_google_chrome icon, right next to the browser extension.
    If the extension is Installed by enterprise policy, follow this guide.
  4. Restart Google Chrome

Optional: To clean Google Chrome from any OnlineBrowserAdvertising it is possible to restore Google Chrome to default settings. If you would like to restore Google Chrome to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the Big Orange Firefox button in top left corner, Select Add-ons
  3. Remove Freeven, MediaPlayerPlus extension by clicking the Remove button
  4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

Optional: To clean Mozilla Firefox from any OnlineBrowserAdvertising it is possible to restore Mozilla Firefox to default settings. If you would like to restore Mozilla Firefox to default settings it is advised to backup any files, folders and bookmarks or create a Windows Backup.

Goto the next step.


Remove Malicious Ads using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner developed by Xplode is a very easy piece of software to remove unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, redirects and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera. AdwCleaner requires no installation and can be ran in a instant to scan your computer for malicious software.

Nowadays many free downloadable software is bundled with all sorts of additional software such as toolbars and other dubious software that you do not want on your computer. The main cause of such unwanted software (PUPs) are the download sites that offer free software that is bundled with adware. CNET, Download.com, Softonic offer software with a custom installer. It’s this custom installer that offers additional software in order to keep the software and services they offer for free.

We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from Adware, Pop-ups, Browser Hijackers, Toolbars or Potentially Unwanted Programs.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer.

If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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Reboot your computer.

After the reboot a log file will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started.
To open the log file in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop mode by selecting WINDOWS KEY + D on your keyboard.

If you want to check the AdwCleaner log for further analyse, you can find the report log in your system drive and then the Adwcleaner folder.
for example: C:\adwcleaner

Goto the next step.


Remove infected files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

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Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware using the installation wizard.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware needs no configs or specific settings, just install and you are ready to scan your computer for malware and free removal.

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Goto the next step if the problem still persists.


(Optional)
Reset Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings

Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instruction below.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

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  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

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  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

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  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

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  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

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  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

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Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  • Select Help > Troubleshooting information

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  • Select Reset Firefox

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  • Confirm Reset Firefox

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  • Select Finish
  • Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart
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